Friday, September 25: He has made everything beautiful in its time

Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Reflect

All the experiences listed in these verses are appropriate at certain times. The secret to peace with God is to discover, trust, and appreciate God's perfect timing. The danger is to doubt or resent that timing, which can quickly lead to despair, rebellion, or moving ahead without his guidance

Respond

We sing a song on Sunday mornings that says, "I see heaven." We've been created with a longing for God and for those things with eternal value. God gives us a glimpse of his glory in the beauty displayed in creation and in the good and truth that people say and do. Do you see heaven? Can you catch a glimpse? Do people see heaven in you?

 

 

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